Re: Art and Science
[quote author=“Bob”]I happened to think of Wes’ topic on Art and Science today and thought about at least one science that is also considered to be an art. Medicine is a science but is also called “the healing art”.
That led me to think about technology. I asked myself if a machine could be considered a work of art? Then I remembered seeing some machines and a machine part that were displayed at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City that were considered to be art. There were clocks, a motorcycle and a bicycle wheel. I thought it strange that they would be considered to be art but I was hardly an expert as to what was art and what was not.
Anyway, I thought I’d share this with you. Hope you found it interesting.
Hi Bob, yes it is an interesting topic. I think the works they have at MoMA are great examples of industrial design; so, making everyday industrially produced objects beautiful. I remember also that the Guggenheim had a huge show on motorcycles several years ago. And of course we all have to grant that part of Apple’s recent success in the marketplace is Steve Jobs’s incredible design sense.
Then there’s just the issue of whether the machines themselves are beautiful—even without additional design. I mean, are steam presses beautiful? Are computer motherboards beautiful? Are oil refineries beautiful? I suppose that’s in the eye of the beholder.
Also, I imagine that “science” is one thing and “industry” or “technology” is another. Industrial or technical objects can be made artistically beautiful, like a motorcycle, car, computer or iPod. But science, if it is beautiful, is beautiful in a different way—conceptually beautiful, perhaps.
Anyhow, yes, food for thought ...